Siobhan Reddy to keynote European Women In Games conference

Media Molecule studio director joined by Creative England CEO Caroline Norbury MBE

Siobhan Reddy, the studio director of Media Molecule, will give the keynote address at this year's European Women In Games conference.

Reddy, who was recently named one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK, will be joined by Caroline Norbury MBE. As CEO of Creative England, Norbury is a vital figure in film, TV and digital media in the U.K.. The theme of the conference is "Creating Your Future," and the programme will feature more than 30 speakers.

"I am excited to confirm Siobhan and Caroline as keynote speakers," said Alison Cressey, CEO of Women In Games Jobs (WIGJ), the non-profit organisation responsible for the European Women In Games Conference.

"Siobhan is studio director at Media Molecule the producers of the successful Little Big Planet franchise. As an innovative and dynamic role model I am very much looking forward to her keynote. Caroline is a passionate advocate on diversity and its necessity for success and I am sure will be an inspiration to us all."

This year's conference will add a Student Showcase and a HR Manager's Forum, and someone will be inducted into the European Women in Games Hall of Fame.

The conference takes place on September 25 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington, London. For tickets, follow the link.

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 4 years ago
When I play a game, it never crosses my mind and is really not relevant to me if a man or woman made it. Its not something important to me when I play a game. So now I see these articles about woman and games and Im like WTF? I really dont get it. I just see it as an attempt to stir uneccessary sexism debates in a field where woman clearly are not dominant. Is it bad? is t good? its niether. Its just not relevant. Much like when I take my car to a mechanic. Which is usually a guy I mean how many female mechanics do you see fixing cars, in which case all I care about is that I get my car fixed.

I just dont swallow the whole crap of equalty. I never see cases in which woman are shunned, shoved to aside or pushed away from making games. I just see less woman interested in them. If anything these things simply reassure insecurities found in woman in the industry. That isnt really caused because there are more men, but simply because there is not as many woman doing it or interested in making games.

I just see all these debates as an attempt to stir feminist sexist debates, which are totally uneccessary, cause nobody gives a flying fuck if a man or woman made a game or not. The only thing people care about is if they liked it or not. it more like they are reiterating upon there own insecurities and not about the games.

And Its ok to make a woman in games conference, its just this person Siobhan Reddy, makes statement like "It takes women working on games for games to change" and I just think she is picking a fight in the wrong place, I generally like media molecules work, and it never crossed my mind if a man and woman did it... until now...

Now when I play a media molecule game, Im gonna ask myself, did a man or woman make this game, when before it wasnt an issue.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 18th July 2013 3:09pm

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Jason Avent VP, Studio Head, NaturalMotion4 years ago
It's good for excellent, talented people like Siobhan to show other women that they too can succeed and thrive in the games industry.

It's not really about you Rick.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jason Avent on 18th July 2013 5:32pm

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 4 years ago
Never thought woman couldnt succeed in the world of games. But anyway I guess all would be right in the world of gaming if men got together and made "Men In Games conference" that would be erm... cool.
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Emily Knox Associate Designer, CCP Games4 years ago
The conference is open to men and women, if that's what you're referring to.
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Jade Law Senior concept artist, Reloaded Productions4 years ago
Rick if you made a men in games conference I'd gladly attend : P
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Gary LaRochelle Digital Artist / UI/UX Designer / Game Designer, Flea Ranch Games4 years ago
I'm sure there are a lot of women who would like to get into game development.
The question is: "Why aren't the HR people hiring them?"
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Jason Avent VP, Studio Head, NaturalMotion4 years ago
HR people don't do the hiring. We do. Like most successful companies we hire on merit and fit. There just aren't very many qualified women out there who are interested in the games industry. We do have very high standards for both women and men. I'd like to see more great female candidates coming through.
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This year's conference "Creating Your Future" is aimed at increasing the level of talent in the games industry, both for women and men. In addition to Siobhan Reddy and Caroline Norbury, 4 panels will be discussing subjects like Entrepreneurs, Increasing Diversity, Breaking In and Job Success. Up to 30 hand picked third year students and recent graduates will be showcasing their work. HR Managers and hirers have a dedicated forum to learn the very latest hiring skills. Check the programme and reserve September 25h in your schedule. It is the day before the Eurogamer Expo.
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Jasmine Henry Freelance Journalist 4 years ago
Rick, of course it doesn't matter to you, you're a man and therefore it's unlikely that a character or game you appreciate would be affected too much by the maleness of the dev team. I can't think of a single time a male protagonist has been presented in a way that would somehow be offensive (if you can think of one, let me know and I'll take it back).

When male protagonists are created by men, they're heroes, they're strong, they're badass, but, in a lot of cases, when we get a female protagonist (of which they're few and far between), it boils down to what they look like, how vulnerable they are, and they are almost never allowed to just be badass and awesome and all of those things that usually make up a male character's persona. That's not to say that every male dev is sexist, but it's just that the gender of the team behind the game has a huge effect on what you see in a game, because it will all be from a male perspective.

I think that's what Reddy means when she says more women should be in games because if it wasn't such a boys club, no one would ever have to ask who made the game because we'd all be represented from both perspectives.
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Gary LaRochelle Digital Artist / UI/UX Designer / Game Designer, Flea Ranch Games4 years ago
@ Jason
True. Maybe I should of said that the HR people are not letting them through. HR people are the first "filter" a candidate has to go through to land a job. There may be a great candidate applying for a position, but if the HR person filters them out, you'll never see them.
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